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Dec 31, 2013 15:12 |  #1

Hope all is well.

I'll be in Vegas shooting for a client for 10 days next month. I'd love to spend a long day out in Death Valley exploring and capturing some sunrise and sunset. I'm planning on Saturday the 18th.

Anyone in the area want to tag along? That way if I get lost I can blame it on you?

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Dec 31, 2013 18:05 |  #2

I just replied to your post in the other thread, but I'll repeat here. There's an inn right in Death Valley if you can swing it so you can spend a night away from Vegas. Then you'd be there for the sunrise without having to get up at 3AM in Vegas.

There are dozens of places to shoot a sunrise in DV, but Racetrack Playa with some moving rocks in the foreground would be cool. Or the dunes. Check out The Photographer's Ephemeris (external link). It's a great (and free) app you can use to plan your sunrise and sunset shots.


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Dec 31, 2013 18:10 as a reply to  @ M_Six's post |  #3

How long is the drive from Vegas??

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Dec 31, 2013 18:42 |  #4

^^^That's the one I used. It depends on which part of DV you visit. Obviously the further north you go, the longer it takes to get there. DV is a BIG place.


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Jan 02, 2014 14:58 |  #5

So it looks like a 3 hour drive. I chatted with Joe Azure and he suggested Badwater, and I'm thinking Ractrack Playa. Haven't looked to see how far apart those spots are yet.


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Jan 02, 2014 15:28 |  #6

Did you note in the other thread that someone said you need an off road vehicle to get to the Racetrack? I didn't know that, but it might be worth looking into before you go all the way out there.


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Jan 05, 2014 22:56 |  #7

When I went in 2009; you did not need an off road vehicle to get to the playa. It IS a gravel road; but it was in great condition.

Don't underestimate that road if you're going to get there for sunrise.. it's a gravel road, no lighting, no reflectors... I was doing about 45-50 on must of it during the day, but I probably would not exceed 30 at night. The #1 cause of death in DV are single vehicle rollovers.


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Jan 05, 2014 23:00 |  #8

taygull wrote in post #16572283 (external link)
So it looks like a 3 hour drive. I chatted with Joe Azure and he suggested Badwater, and I'm thinking Ractrack Playa. Haven't looked to see how far apart those spots are yet.

It is an all-day drive to get back to the Racetrack from Vegas.. You do not need an off road vehicle, but you shouldn't take yours or anybodies rental sedan and you need high clearance.. Once you get to the Racetrack dirt road (4 to 5 hours from Vegas) you have over 20 miles of an unimproved, rutted, washboard, big-rock road where you can average a jaw-jarring, kidney punching 10mph with short stretches of up to 30.. tops.

If you decide to go to the Racetrack, that is the only thing that you can do in 1 day (you do have to get back out once there) ;)


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Jan 05, 2014 23:14 |  #9

(And shoot Ubehebe crater on your way in/out)


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Jan 06, 2014 09:50 |  #10

Thanks everyone! Now I need a local with a 4WD and lots of lights that might want to tag along! LOL


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Jan 06, 2014 11:11 |  #11

Since you're thinking of going to the Playa... Make sure you call ahead to the ranger station to determine if it's dry/walkable. If the clay is in the least bit damp; it's off limits to foot traffic. As you walk along the western edge where the majority of the rocks are, you first encounter 10-20 dumb@$$es who have tried to walk on it.. their footprints get progressively larger as more mud is caked on their shoes before they turn around and go back to their cars. It's SO SAD to see people have disobeyed the signage out there and have damaged the fragile area the rocks reside on... I'm just thankful the rocks are far enough away that common sense takes over, and the real beauty of the area hasn't been destroyed.


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